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Through an autoethnographic and speculative lens, Pegah Pasalar's antidisciplinary research practice explores formal and thematic threads of volatility, displacement, temporality, language, memory, and history. Their work emphasizes the embodied and phenomenological experiences of women and queer individuals, particularly in the global south. By reframing overlooked histories and uncovering their interwoven connections, Pegah poses questions about the possibility of an alternative futurity.

Pegah was born in 1992 in Iran and moved to the United States in 2017. They are the recipient of the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs grant, 3ARTS’ “Make a Wave” grant, and the New Artist Society grant. They have also received fellowships, including the Kala Media Residency Award, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Yaddo, Banff, and Points North. They were recognized as one of NEWCITY Magazine’s 2020 Film 50 Gems and have showcased their work internationally at venues and festivals such as the Athens International Film and Video Festival, Chicago Underground Film Festival, Festival Internacional de Cine Documental de Buenos Aires (FIDBA), Austria International Film Festival, Onion City Film Festival, Ecra, E-flux, ArteEast, and more. Pegah holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA from the Art University of Tehran.
Pegah is a Whitney Independent Study Program Studio Fellow for 2024-2025.

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